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All forms of competitive physical activity which, through casual or organized participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical fitness and provide entertainment to participants.

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Is this shoe lacing technique effective at preventing blackened toe nails?

See: Reddit: LPT: How to lace your running shoes (June 7, 2015) Reddit: Black toes from ultimate? (May 20, 2015) Runner's World: How To Lace Shoes: Prevent Black Toe Nails (March 4, 2011) They link ...
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Do soccer players suffer a “3%–5% drop in performance” after their first tattoo?

In a 2017 article in The Sun, “Top footballers are wrecking their performances by having tattoos, claim experts” it is claimed: Dr Ingo Frobose, of Cologne’s German Sports University, urged clubs to ...
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Is Qatar hiring fans to fake public interest in the world cup?

Many news sites (1, 2, 3) claim that Qatar is hiring hundreds of fake fans for the 2022 World Cup. Guardian Fans who have travelled to Qatar as part of a controversial paid-for supporters programme ...
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Does playing basketball help you grow taller?

Some people believe that playing basketball encourages you to grow taller. For example: A Scientific Theory On Why Playing Basketball May Indeed Make Young Teenagers Increase In Height And Grow ...
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Was the Russian Olympic Shooting Team 12 days late for the 1908 Summer Olympics due to a calendar mixup?

According to an article in Sports Illustrated, referred to by a reddit post, an article about programmer falsehoods, and elsewhere, the Russian Shooting team arrived 12 days late for the 1908 Summer ...
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Does taking a shower when dehydrated increase body weight?

For sports (such as wrestling, MMA, judo, etc) where the competition is divided into weight divisions, it's common to drop cut 10+ lbs of water weight hours before weigh ins and then rehydrate right ...
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Did a billion people watch "Rumble in the Jungle"?

The fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman is claimed to have a billion viewership. For example Jet (Sep 1995): the first one-billion viewer fight Revisiting 'The Rumble in the Jungle' 40 ...
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Do sports compression clothes give their claimed benefits?

Sellers of sports compression clothes make a lot of claims about their products. Here are some I saw on the back of a 2XU packet. This is not exclusive to them: Benefits of compression ...
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Were Japanese authorities cracking down on adult themed entertainment in preparation for the 2020 Olympics?

From a Reddit post: Getting quite a few news about Tokyo cracking down on Lolis, hentai, hentai games, boob sizes, cosplay conventions and recently have their eyes set on an Imouto theme cafe... What'...
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Does ChiRunning reduce number of injuries experienced while running?

Chi Running style of running is said to significantly reduce number of injuries experienced while running: The top-selling running book of the last several years is Chi Running, by Danny Dreyer, ...
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Do swimmers' lungs use oxygen up to 3 times more efficiently than an average person?

I've come across a statement which is the following : At their peak, swimmers' lungs will use oxygen three times more efficiently than an average person. First time I saw it was on wikihow's page ...
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Do maximalist shoes reduce injuries?

Maxmimalist shoes (i.e. running shoes with oversized foam midsoles) were the subject of a question at Fitness Stack Exchange, which I answered, but I had to rely on anecdote. Advocates of the shoes ...
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Does playing slower music in gyms reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections?

I read (mirror 1, mirror 2) that South Korean authorites have introduced some rules to enforce slower (in terms of BPM) music in gyms to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections: Music with more than ...
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Can surgical spirit and formaldehyde prevent blisters?

I saw the following claim in an article on Runner's World website: If your feet sweat profusely, this can increase the chance of blisters. Try soaking them in surgical spirit, or even better, three ...
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Did the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team lose $40 million dollars in the 2015-2016 NBA season?

There are several sources online that claim that the Cavaliers lost $40 million dollars for the 2015-2016 NBA season: The Cavs lost $40 million last season despite winning their first NBA ...
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Does stretching before exercise raise the risk of injury?

Robert McLeod: Pulling on a muscle for a long time doesn't make it longer, doesn't make it more pliable, and doesn't improve athletic performance. There's lots of scientific literature that shows that ...
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Were the terms "Dilscoop" and "Carrom ball" coined by Mahendra Mapagunaratne?

This web article claims that the terms were coined by Mahendra Mapagunaratne. The neologism Josephian Mafia is thought to be coined by Mahendra Mapagunaratne - a Sri Lankan cricket connoisseur ...
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Did Juventus sell 520,000 (or about €54M worth of) Ronaldo jerseys within 24 hours?

I am not familiar with football jersey sales and these numbers seem remarkably high to me, hence my skepticism. Guardian: Within 24 hours of his transfer being made official last Tuesday, Juventus ...
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